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These Ghosts Are Family: A Novel (udgave 2021)

af Maisy Card (Forfatter)

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"These Ghosts are Family centers on Abel and Vera Paisley are a working-class Jamaican couple, striving to build a better life for their children. Abel travels to London in the early 1960s in search of fortune. Instead, he sees an opportunity to escape the drudgery of his life by faking his death and assuming a new identity. Vera, now a widow, is racked with guilt over her husband's "death" and takes out her grief on her children, Irene and Vincent. The effects of Abel's decision reverberate across generations. Ghosts follows the Paisleys over time and across continents, as they wrestle with the burdens of family lore and struggle to forge independent identities. Despite everything, Abel finds a second chance at love. Vincent follows his dream to move toNew York. Irene also moves to New York but realizes you can never fully leave the past behind. Set in the United States and Jamaica, Card's debut incorporates elements of gothic fiction and Jamaican folklore to explore the immigrant experience, as told through the voices of these flawed, memorable characters. In luminous prose that announces the arrival of a new American talent, These Ghosts are Family inspects the weight of long-held secrets, the limits of forgiveness, and the complexities of family ties"--… (mere)
Medlem:AL91
Titel:These Ghosts Are Family: A Novel
Forfattere:Maisy Card (Forfatter)
Info:Simon & Schuster (2021), 304 pages
Samlinger:Fiction, Dit bibliotek, Skal læses
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diverse fiction (family drama, ancestry - set in Jamaica, London, Brooklyn)

told from different points of view, some of them ghosts. I listened to an hour or so, but wasn't really connecting--likely my faulty auditory processing, rather than any reflection on the quality of the audio, because I thought the narrator's voice was good. I may need to try this in print instead.
  reader1009 | Jul 3, 2021 |
I really enjoyed this look at the ways our history stays with us and how challenging (impossible?) it is to outrun monsters of our own making. Card seems to suggest that the best we can do is learn to coexist with the dark things that haunt us, both individually and as a culture/society. The dialect was a little challenging for me at times, and I wonder if the audiobook would have been easier. ( )
  ImperfectCJ | Jan 24, 2021 |
Several generations of a Jamaican family grapple with the legacy of slavery and secrets. Good idea that should have been extremely interesting from a humanitarian as well as a historical stand point. The main problem that I had with the book was that the plot just took off wandering on its own two feet. So many multi generational characters made it difficult to keep up with who was related to who. It would have maybe been better if it had been broken down somehow into two or even three books as the time line went from the early 1800’s to the present day. It is also composed of some really good short stories…which added to the confusion but would have been a beautiful contribution to the book on their own. I hate to give any book that obviously took so much work to produce a low rating but I just couldn’t make this one work for me. ( )
  Carol420 | Dec 13, 2020 |
These Ghosts are Family is a sprawling family epic reaching back to a set of slaveholders and enslaved people in Jamaica. Card deftly describes different arms of a family stricken with substance abuse, failed marriages, uninspiring jobs, all the normal complement of interpersonal ailments, and traces them back through an increasingly awful past.

Card is curious about inter-generational trauma: some of the characters in the modern era aren't suffering from anything more than ennui, but some characters (Vera is one) are absorbing and passing along a lot of suffering. There are classic tragedies, and characters who are attempting to avoid or block (Debbie), and some folkloric transformations (the kidnapped girls at the end). It's a remarkably successful exploration. Not all characters are sympathetic, but all are fully formed and Card allows them movement and agency. ( )
  bexaplex | Sep 4, 2020 |
The history of a Jamaican family is brought to life in a non-linear format in this debut novel. Beginning with the story of a man who left Jamaica and took on the name of a dead co-worker, he moves to England and then Harlem. His family believe him dead. Its near his death that he reveals who he really is. Jumping between different periods of time, the reader is introduced to a well-off woman who discovers her family owned slaves in Jamaica. Her ancestors were owners of the Jamaican family traced in the book. Ghosts haunt many of the family members. They aren’t a close family. They’ve splintered off and many of the women find themselves raising children alone. There are so many family secrets and so many different ghosts who haunt the various family members through the ages. ( )
  brangwinn | Mar 8, 2020 |
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"These Ghosts are Family centers on Abel and Vera Paisley are a working-class Jamaican couple, striving to build a better life for their children. Abel travels to London in the early 1960s in search of fortune. Instead, he sees an opportunity to escape the drudgery of his life by faking his death and assuming a new identity. Vera, now a widow, is racked with guilt over her husband's "death" and takes out her grief on her children, Irene and Vincent. The effects of Abel's decision reverberate across generations. Ghosts follows the Paisleys over time and across continents, as they wrestle with the burdens of family lore and struggle to forge independent identities. Despite everything, Abel finds a second chance at love. Vincent follows his dream to move toNew York. Irene also moves to New York but realizes you can never fully leave the past behind. Set in the United States and Jamaica, Card's debut incorporates elements of gothic fiction and Jamaican folklore to explore the immigrant experience, as told through the voices of these flawed, memorable characters. In luminous prose that announces the arrival of a new American talent, These Ghosts are Family inspects the weight of long-held secrets, the limits of forgiveness, and the complexities of family ties"--

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